Cullen Drescher Speckhart is a Shareholder and head of the firm’s Richmond office. She is a specialist in bankruptcy, restructuring, and financial litigation who frequently writes and speaks publicly on legal implications of developments in the financial sector.
She serves the firm as Co-Chair of its Restructuring & Bankruptcy Litigation practice group. In 2017, Ms. Speckhart was selected to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s inaugural “40 under 40” list which recognizes bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring professionals from around the world.
Ms. Speckhart actively represents a wide range of parties to insolvency proceedings, including creditors, creditors’ committee members, creditors’ committees, trustees, and foreign representatives.
Ms. Speckhart serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Restructuring Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, Ms. Speckhart co-authored the American Bankruptcy Institute’s manual on chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.
She has presented to national audiences on various legal considerations including those surrounding corporate insolvencies, banking technologies, and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Speckhart is Past President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association and a member of the faculty of the William & Mary School of Law, where she lectures on the topics of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.
Using her strong background in restructuring and insolvency, Ms. Speckhart provides advice to financial institutions with respect to risk management and strategic implementation.
Ms. Speckhart additionally represents clients in a wide range of non-bankruptcy matters, including commercial litigation, complex workouts, receiverships, corporate shareholder disputes, and professional malpractice matters.
Before entering private practice, Ms. Speckhart clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
During law school, she was the First-Prize winner of the inaugural American Bankruptcy Institute’s Writing Competition, and the first law student ever to receive the Thatcher Prize for Excellence, which is presented annually to a William & Mary graduate student of outstanding scholarship, service, and character.
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